To reprogram and MIND ourselves (Part 2): LT Memory, Meanings & Interpretations
Updated: Sep 6, 2019
In the previous post, we mentioned the 3 minds, the Conscious Mind (CM), Subconscious Mind (SCM) and the Unconscious Mind (UCM). We explored the functions of each mind, and here, we will delve deeper into one of the functions within our SCM: the creation and storage of long-term memory, meanings and interpretations. This may not be directly the things that we want to reprogram, but understanding these concepts sets the framework onto deeper understandings of the workings of our mind in Part 3 as well.
Long Term Memory
Our subconscious mind (SCM) stores every event that occurred to us, from the moment we were born, to this very moment itself. This seems easy enough to understand this, but why do we still "forget" things?
As an analogy, imagine our mind as a library. The CM is the FAVORITES section while the SCM is everything else. Whenever we feel like reading a book in this library, we tend to only read our favorite books, but not the rest.
Retrieval of long-term memories that have been deep buried in our SCM is usually done by hypnosis. Hypnosis brings us into a state where the "library" does not have the FAVORITES section anymore, but everything can still be retrieved.
Fun Fact: Did you know that sometimes hypnosis is used in crime scene investigation on witnesses as well? Witnesses may remember an incident vaguely, but their SCM knows all the details of it. Therefore, as long as the witness is collaborative, hypnosis can be used to retrieve the details of the crime.
If you require retrieval of information/answers via hypnotherapy, we at Outreach provide such services. However, please do note that hypnotherapy is a collaboration between the therapist and the client. We are not able to forcefully retrieve information from other parties without consent.
Meanings & Interpretation
Even though we have memories stored in us from the beginning of our lives, this is a merely our perception of reality, but not reality itself. At every waking moment of our lives, there are tons of information that are flooding in our 5 senses, and it is physically impossible for us consciously react to everything at the same time.
Have a look at the video below. This is a classical test of awareness, that also shows how our mind focuses and filters information to meet the objectives.
The SCM DISTORTS, DELETES and GENERALIZES all incoming information and events such that we achieve what we set out to do with maximum efficiency. We see what we want to see. From the video above, even if you missed it the first time round, it is normal. It just demonstrates that our mind has the capability to focus on the task at hand to its highest efficiency. Purpose is still served.
However, in other cases, we know that we see the world in the way that we want to see it. And we subconsciously filter the facts that may have occurred in reality as well. For example, you see an accident on the road where a driver knocks down a pedestrian. It is quick for us to come to a judgement, whether it was the driver's negligence or the pedestrian's oversight. Whichever your judgement is, you start to make generalized interpretations such as "nowadays people only look at phone while crossing the road" or "these drivers are so careless" etc. And unknowingly, these may cascade into excessive prevention measures as a pedestrian/driver yourself.
Consider these words: Knives, Thunderstorm, Earthquake, Spiders. How do you feel about them? Bad? Dangerous? Unsafe? We come to conclusions whether things are "good" or "bad" very easily. However we need to understand that this is subjective. They are essentially neutral, eg a knife can be both used for good (as a cutting tool in a kitchen) or for bad (a weapon for causing hurt), but prolonged experience to a certain interpretation may cause it to tip over into the negative region.
Even though we may already have positive or negative connotations to most events and objects, the idea of hypnosis is usually not to merely reprogram them. It is only when on a deeper level, these positive or negative connotations starts to affect our behavior and beliefs that it may become an issue to us and hypnosis is used to do reprogramming. And this will be covered in the next article (Part 3). Do keep a lookout on our next article to find out more!
Part 1 of 3: https://www.outreachsg.com/post/to-reprogram-and-mind-ourselves-part-1
Part 3 of 3: https://www.outreachsg.com/post/to-reprogram-and-mind-ourselves-part-3
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